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when i was sixteen | by jamelah
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when i was sixteen

I was looking today for the oldest pair of shoes I own, for which I blame Utata, and we'll just leave it at that. I thought I might still have these, but it turns out that I only have one. Why would I keep one shoe? I don't know. But finding this old Converse One Star, navy blue suede, rainbow laces, writing all over, it took me back. Way back.


I did not hate high school and remembering those times doesn't make me feel tortured or anything, but man when I was 16, I was a piece of work. I liked booze and cigarettes and drugs and loud rock 'n' roll and boys who played the drums and Beat literature and theater and making fun of people who I thought just didn't get it. Which was nearly everyone.


I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm glad I don't have to be 16 anymore.


But I kinda miss the shoes. I loved those shoes.

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Taken on January 17, 2008